Monthly Archives: March 2015

Massage Techniques for Posture (with video and gifs)

Do you have clients who complain of pain related to poor posture? While we can’t directly fix how they stand (this is largely a function of their nervous system), we can give them the freedom to make gradual changes more easily.

This is a guide to accompany my video on massage techniques for posture:

A quick note on communication: If someone comes into your office with a major complex about their posture, the next words out of your mouth could either do a lot to help them, or to add to their self-stigma. This is just like any instance where a client disparages their “bad knee” or “bad shoulder,” as if that part were a villain that they would chop off if they could. You can either adopt their language, or you can use your own. ... continue reading.

For Clients: How to Prepare for Your First Massage

Massage is scary. There, I said it. I should know: When I went into massage school, I was terrified of the touching, the vulnerability, the possible nudity, the drum circles, the… man, how did I make it? Anyway, I stuck with it for one reason: Massage is awesome.

Let me tell you about my first massage. I was 19, and I was sick and tired of my back betraying me for seemingly no reason (I know the reasons now, and they were legion). I had been to physical therapy (helped some), and now I was giving chiropractic a shot. It was… okay. Lots of back cracking, but I mostly liked the machine that loosened my back up beforehand.

One day, the chiro asked me if I’d like to add on a massage. I said yes, and I was directed to a little room where a nice man greeted me. He asked me a few questions, and then… it hit me. I was about to let a stranger touch me, no, massage me, while I lie there in my jean shorts. Wait, was I allowed to keep my shorts on? How was I supposed to lie? Was I supposed to let him know when I was ready, or would he knock? I suppose he could have explained things a little better, but it’s easy to assume that people know the drill when you work at a high-volume place like a chiropractor’s. I’m pretty sure I did something wrong (ignored the face cradle maybe, or perhaps I was curled up under the table), but he quickly got me situated and then… ... continue reading.